Namgyel Pelzang Dorji, Angie Yoedzer & Basu Dev Upadhya

Best class 10 results in four years

60.2 % cut off percentage for class XI now

A total of 6,187 students have qualified for class XI in government higher secondary schools according to the Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment (BCSEA) that declared the 2017 class X results on Thursday, January 18.

The cut off point for admission in government schools in class XI was fixed at 60.2 %, an aggregate of 301 marks in Dzongkha, English and three best subjects, based on seat availability in 40 government higher secondary schools.

A total of 11,973 candidates from 111 government and six private secondary schools appeared the class x board examinations in December last year of which 11,522 passed the examination, 451 failed and 133 were absent.

The overall pass percentage was 96.23 %, the best in the past four years.

Namgyel Pelzang Dorji from Samtse Higher Secondary School (HSS) topped the examinations with 93%. Angie Yoedzer of Sherubling HSS stood second with 92.8% and Basu Dev Upadhya of Samtse HSS came in third with 92.2 %.

Namgyel Pelzang Dorji, 16, wasn’t aware of his results until his parents offered him Tashi Khadar. “I was totally taken aback because I didn’t expect to stand first although I did expect to fetch good percentage,” he said.

He said that he had been bed ridden for a month due to hand fracture and didn’t want to continue studies since he missed many classes. “But my teachers and parents encouraged me that I can do it,” he said.

With an aspiration to become a police officer like his father, Namgyel wants to take science in higher secondary school.

Basu Dev Upadhya who stood third from the Samtse HSS School said the result was unexpected but a dream come true. “I didn’t expect to stand in the top three positions although my parents and teachers always believed that I can make it,” he said. “It’s the result of the collective effort of my teachers, parents and my hard work.”

Basu Dev wants to pursue Science stream to become a neuron surgeon in future. “The brain is a very complex organ yet very interesting thing to explore and learn,” he said.

Angie Yoedzer who came second has been consistently excelling in academics according to her school Vice Principal, Phub Dorji. “We are proud of her that she stood second nationwide and as expected,” he said.

Samtse HSS Principal, Tshueltrim Dorji, said both the students from his school are very hardworking and competent in terms of academic performance. “It’s an achievement from the teacher’s side as well as for the student and their parents,” he said. “What matters is the parents concern, I have seen that the parents of the two are very supportive of their studies.”

The overall pass percentage for most of the subjects was more than 95 percent, except for Science and Math with the lowest pass percentage of 93.85 and 91.84 respectively.

Students can access their results on the BCSEA website, and also through SMS using their individual index numbers.

Those wishing to recheck their answer sheets have to apply to the BCSEA between January 18 and 24. A maximum of two papers will be allowed for rechecks and each paper will cost Nu 300. The recheck result will be announced on January 28.

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